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Schwab's successor: assistant Sevond Cole

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Buena Vista wasted no time finding a replacement for Mark Schwab.

Athletic director Jan Travis on Wednesday announced that current assistant wrestling coach Sevond Cole will be promoted to head coach following the conclusion of this season - succeeding Schwab, who one day prior announced his resignation effective May 31.

"I feel Sevond is an excellent choice," Travis said. "He's served as an assistant with the program under two great mentors (Schwab and Al Baxter), and I have the confidence that he can take over the program and carry on the strong BVU wrestling tradition."

Cole returned this season for his second stint with the Beaver wrestling program after having served as an assistant under Baxter from 2001-06. He spent last season as a volunteer wrestling coach, as well as a middle school science instructor, in the Griswold School District.

"Having been part of the wrestling program for more than a decade, you can imagine how excited I am to have the opportunity to continue the strong wrestling tradition that we have here at Buena Vista," Cole stated. "I feel blessed to have worked with two amazing coaches in my years as an assistant coach - most recently Mark Schwab and Al Baxter before that.

"I have learned a lot from both coaches and will continue to hold the bar high for BVU wrestling."

Prior to joining the BVU staff in 2001, Cole was a two-time All-American for Baxter and the Beavers (1999 and 2000) at 174 pounds. He also captured a conference championship in 1999, while also being tabbed a Scholar All-American in 2000.

"I personally believe Sevond will do a great job," Schwab said. "A few reasons that come to mind are that he truly cares about BVU, he was a two-time All-American here, and a graduate always personalizes the roots that run deep in your efforts to bring out the best in the athletes and a program. He is not looking for something else.

"This is what he wants: a 'dream job,' so to speak. I also think that what he learned from Coach Baxter, and hopefully myself, has prepared him to run a top flight program."

BVU president Fred Moore said Cole is the perfect person to lead the program into the future.

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